“How do you stay inspired to write a story set in a time and or place that’s totally different from where you are?”
I don’t usually have that trouble as long as I am able to get the sit and write, because I think of my works all the time.
I get into the stories, and when I put fingers to the keyboard, it flows.
Maybe I am just insane.
I’m writing this on Tuesday, so as Patty-the-Monday-Fox and maybe others have said, research will definitely put you deeper and keep you in the time and place.
There is nothing like looking at photos, imagining clothing, and, (of course) finding out about foods of the time/place that will put you deeply then and there with your characters.
Soo far I have never farther the 1920s and even then, I have put down stories based on family occurrences, research has not been an issue, nor has keeping my mind in the when and where it happened,
plus most of those stories are short.
Book-length, I have been fairly modern and the research helps, but honestly, if I put myself there, there I am. Most of the time, if it isn’t where I have been, it’s where I would like to be, so it’s easy.
However, I imagine those who write period novels would possibly have a ‘TIME’ switching from dealing with modern, then to getting back into say, Edwardian, (or other), mindset.
I don’t go there, or at least, I haven’t, nor do I expect to.
I am rather worried that if I think about it, I might go there and then what? I have too many irons in the fire, unfinished or finished/unpolished works, as it is.
I’ll keep this short, since a lot is going on this week.
Do you have trouble keeping on target in your writing?